[Completion of Northwestern Pacific Rail Road] (Part I)
Golden Spike ceremony and celebration for the completion of the Northwestern Pacific Rail Road, October 23-25, 1914. Film begins a short way north of its starting point in Willits (Northern California) and continues over trestles and through tunnels until it reaches the point of celebration at Cain Rock. (The celebration with Mayor Rolph and the Eureka Mayor and other officials. The next day festivities in Arcata,California and Eureka, California are reported. Also attached to this is a short 175' film of the first train load of redwood lumber heading east on a mammoth train, seen off by "Engineer" Governor Rolph. (this was probably 1931)
Subject: Motion Picture Photographer
"Instead of these being flat points here and there his [Freeman's] work will form a complete panorama of the route in the form of a 'motion picture' of the trip. President Palmer of NWP road will cooperate with him on the trip and the result will be a complete and comprehensive view of the scenery and work along the road. Also he will take moving picture films of the ceremony of the driving of the golden spike."
Duhem Motion Picture company of San Francisco along with Freeman used 3 motion picture cameras to capture the route and the official ceremony. Peter Palmquist writes about Freeman and his work in the Northwesterner Gold Spike Issue Fall 1989. He states that a major portion of the original film footage was discovered among the remains of the Duhem Motion Picture Company archives and was reassembled into a video by Mr. Bert Gould of the Bay Area Archive. Ironically, the portion of the film showing the actual driving of the spike is missing.
Subject: Choo choo doesnt hold up
The 2nd part is.. well.. A tad dissapointing then the first half, as it showcases the celebrations going on when the train came to town. Lots of hat waving, champagne breaking etc. Not that bad.. But not as good as the first half.